Judge Mathis honor raises funds for Detroit girls program

The Detroit News

Many of Detroit’s prominent gathered Saturday night to honor Judge Greg Mathis and raise money for a fledgling organization that helps girls whose mothers are in prison.

The second annual Daughters of Incarcerated Mothers (DIM Project) event at The Roostertail on the riverfront honored Mathis as the 2016 Detroit Man of the Year for his “tremendous work in the city,” said Mildred Gaddis, host of the Mildred Gaddis Show on WCHB-AM 1200 and founder of Daughters of Incarcerated Mothers.

Detroit native and television Judge Greg Mathis was honored as “Detroit Man of the Year’ during a fundraiser on Saturday night. He takes a photo with his wife Linda, left, and WCHB-AM talkshow host Mildrd Gaddis.

Mathis, a Detroit native whose popular television show is taped in Chicago, performs community outreach throughout Detroit, including programs at the Mathis Community Center on Greenfield.

Gaddis said proceeds from Saturday night’s fundraiser will go to the DIM Project, a self-development program for young girls.

“We’ve been organizing and the program will launch in March,” Gaddis said Sunday.

Phaedra Parks, of the “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” attended the Daughters of Incarcerated Mothers event at The Roostertail on Saturday night.

Some of the those attending the Saturday event included Phaedra Parks, of the “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” O’Neil D. Swanson, president and CEO of Swanson Funeral Home, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, UAW Vice President Jimmy Settles, U.S. Reps. John Conyers, D-Detroit, and Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield, and Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones.

Michigan state Sen. Bert Johnson, D-Highland Park, left, and United Auto Workers Vice President Jimmy Settles at Saturday’s night’s Daughters of Incarcerated Mothers fundraiser.

Gaddis said donations to the Daughters of Incarcerated Mothers can be sent to the EMG Foundation, 615 Griswold, Suite 400, Detroit, MI 48226.